Italy Mountain Town Celebrates First Baby in 28 Years
The remote alpine town of Ostana, in Piedmont, is celebrating its first new arrival in 28 years after a local resident gave birth to a baby boy. The event caused the town’s population to swell to 85 inhabitants – of which just 41 live there all year round.
“It’s great to finally have someone born here and it shows that our efforts to reverse population decline are slowly working,” said Mayor Giacomo Lombardo.
100 years ago, the town was a flourishing mountain community with over 1,000 inhabitants. The population fell to 700 in the post-war years before going into a rapid decline. But the mayor has been working to improve the economy of the town to attract young people and reverse the downslide. Today, the town has two restaurants, a shop and bar.